How To Be A Lady In Red: Tricks For Choosing The Right Shade For You
We’ve rounded up some red carpet home runs to illustrate our tips for wearing the color with grace.
At the L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth event in New York City earlier this month, Michele chose a red, sheer, embellished Dolce and Gabanna lace dress. While this could veer into Vegas territory, the rich, darker blue-red hue of the dress, as well as the sleeves and calf-length of the skirt keep the look ladylike. This robust red is particularly great for blondes and pale-skinned ladies.
For the 10th Annual CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner, Kwong opted for a vibrant red Altuzarra cocktail dress. A high neckline, long sleeves, and a structural peplum temper the racy color, while her jet-black hair and porcelain skin provide a perfect canvas. This shade is ideal for darker complexions and brunettes, whereas it would be more of a challenge for a sunny blonde, as it could read too “Barbie” in a color this bright.
The patterned velvet devore of Byrne’s Jonathan Saunders F/W 13 dress helps to soften the blue undertones in this burgundy shade. Byrne smartly opts for a rich red lip and a gold clutch, which warms up the look and prevents her from looking washed out. Steer clear of this color if you have darker skin tones, it looks best in contrast to paler skin.
The model donned a custom red Louis Vuitton F/W 13 gown for the Marie Claire Prix De La Moda Awards in Madrid, showing that a demure style can feel fresh in a vivid red. The open neckline distances the color from her face—which is a helpful tip for those with fair complexions and or a tendency to flush easily—and the elbow-length sleeves and floor-length silhouette make this look read lady instead of tramp.
For the ’12 Years A Slave’ Paris premiere, Nyong’o opted for an embellished shift from Elie Saab’s Resort 14 collection. The bright sequins and matching red Nicholas Kirkwood pumps shone against her dark complexion. Note that Nyong’o opted for paired down make up to allow the dress to take center stage.